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Early Childhood Special Education Advanced Certificate


  • Program Overview

    You will discover creative ways to help young children with learning variations learn and grow in this non degree program.

    While this 15-21 credit certificate program that does not lead to a master’s degree, it can help you toward permanent certification in early childhood special education. This program will support your understanding that learning develops through play, social interaction, and sensory experiences. You will learn to implement strategies based in current research of inclusive and special education practices.

    • Learn to carefully observe children and use that knowledge to guide and inform your teaching.
    • Engage all young children in play, learning and interaction.
    • Develop skill in engaging with young children of varying development and need in meaningful ways.

    This program is for you if:

    • You are seeking your permanent teaching certification.
    • You want to work with children birth through grade two in general, inclusion, and/or special education settings.

    This program culminates in a certificate and requires 15-21 credits.

    Subject to Middle States approval.

    Graduate student speaking with an advisor

  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the main admissions criteria, there are additional requirements needed to apply for this program:

    • Applicants must have a master’s degree in education with a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited institution of higher education
    • Applicants must already hold a valid New York State certification in General Education at the Early Childhood or Childhood level. If you are certified at the Childhood level, there may be additional Early Childhood tests you need to take to become certified in working with Students with Disabilities (birth-2nd grade).
  • Coursework

    View the coursework for this program.

    You may be given transfer credit for a foundations course in special education.

  • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

    Supervised Fieldwork/Student Teaching/Advisement is not required for those students who have previous experience teaching in a licensed inclusive setting. If supervised fieldwork is required it is arranged is on a case by case basis.

  • Career Opportunities

    Your degree will provide you with a range of career opportunities:

    • Teach in early childhood general education, special education, or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
    • Work as an early-interventionist in social service or education-based agencies, as well as in hospitals or daycare settings.
    • Work one-on-one as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) in home and classroom and daycare settings.
  • Faculty

  • Certification

    Upon completion, you will be eligible for New York State certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, birth to grade 2, provided you complete all other State certification requirements.

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